January Meeting Tonight


Mental Health Parity, Health Insurance & Access to Care

Please come to hear from Renée Fabian a Los Angeles-based journalist who currently works as the features editor at The Mighty, covering mental health, chronic illness and disability. Despite laws designed to make it easier for you to get affordable mental health care, finding affordable treatment for mental illness is still a challenge. In this presentation, we’ll cover mental health parity, including how it affects your right to access mental health care, your rights as consumers, how to use your insurance to get care, and how we can advocate for better mental health care access in the future.

Please see article for her feature report in the “Mighty” and see Guides for information she developed on accessing insurance and will be discussing. For Spanish version see Guía.

Ms. Fabian has previously written for the Washington Post, VICE, Healthline, Talkspace, The Fix, and GRAMMY.com, among others. Renée holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.

We will also hold elections for the NAMI South Bay Board Offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.

Also, please consider getting involved helping to support families and persons with a mental illness and getting involved in finding and implementing solution to our dysfunctional mental health system. There are openings for Committee Chairs including Newsletter, Hospitality, Ombudsperson, NAMI Walk, Membership, Speaker Chair and others. Please submit your letter of interest or email to Paul Stansbury at psstans5@aol.com. Your letter of interest will be considered by the President and Board. Any questions, please contact Paul Stansbury.

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